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MC Ren, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and DJ Yella of NWA pose for a picture onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Eduardo Munoz

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a closed shop with a hopeless task

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's recent induction of both Chicago and NWA has sparked a debate about the definition of rock music. But should we be surprised? The Hall is an industry behemoth, not the voice of the people.
From Jesus Christ Superstar to the Pirates of Penzance, Jon English rocked it all. Youtube

Remembering Jon English: a risk-taker with a raspy voice

From Judas Iscariot, to a string of pop hits, to the Pirate King, Jon English defied easy categorisation. With his distinctive gravelly rasp, he straddled TV, stage and the pop charts.
Rock ‘n’ roll is never just about the music. EPA/ Abir Sultan

Long players: secrets of the Rolling Stones longevity

The Rolling Stones are currently nearing the end of their seventh (and quite possibly last) tour of Australia and – despite cancelling the Hanging Rock gig due to Mick Jagger’s throat infection – are still…
Rock ‘n’ roll’s demise has been protracted and painful. James Jardine

The Beatles ruled rock ‘n’ roll – but it’s time to let it be

Rock ‘n’ roll is turning 60 … about now. The exact date depends on who is doing the reminiscing. But should this event be treated as a birthday celebration or a memorial? In films such as Torn Curtain…
South Australia’s answer to dolewave, Bitch Perfect. Bedroom Suck Records

Joe Hockey killed dolewave music, though it barely existed

It must have come as a relief to many Australian musicians that maligned guitar-pop genre tag “dolewave” met an untimely end the other week. I imagine it would have been the only relief Australian musicians…
The godfather of punk. zapdelight

The beat goes on: 100 years of William S Burroughs

When William S Burroughs returned to New York City in 1974, after two decades of peripatetic rambling, dubious pleasure and restless escape, the rising rock poet Patti Smith expressed her deep pleasure…
Frankie wants us to relax, but is he asking or telling? chrisjohnbeckett

Get Back, Light my Fire, Do it Again: why is pop so pushy?

Rock and roll has always been a great liberating force in our culture. For many it has provided the soundtrack for all manner of acts of political rebellion and personal liberation. This spirit is captured…

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